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Founded in 1988, the Center for Behavioral Health Research (CBHR) seeks to improve the lives of America’s at-risk children and families. The Center has studied the clinical course of early-onset depression and substance-related (addictive) disorders in hundreds of adolescents. It has studied the leaders and front-line staff of hundreds of mental health and social service systems nationwide, and the outcomes of thousands of children and families who receive services from those systems.

The Center has long emphasized the importance of interdisciplinary staff and faculty to facilitate better research designs and results, as well as an inter-institutional approach that draws on the expertise of outstanding collaborators from across the country.

Originally the Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center, the CBHR has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, particularly the National Institute of Mental Health. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has also been a significant funder. Other projects have been supported by the W.T. Grant Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and other private foundations and donors.

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